Children's Hospital Colorado
Transplant Program

Transplant Program

We achieve some of the best outcomes in the nation by working with every medical and surgical specialty in the hospital to reimagine children’s lives.

About the Pediatric Transplant Program

When transplantation is the best option for your child to have as healthy a life as possible, the experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado are here to help. Our transplant program has been changing lives for 25 years. We have the only pediatric transplant program in the region with this magnitude of experience and expertise. Our unique multidisciplinary team approach to care offers patients excellent outcomes and hope for a better, healthier life.

100% Liver transplant patient and graft survival, 2017
100% Survival rate one year after heart transplant, 2013-2016
97% Bone marrow transplant survival at 100 days, 2014-2016

Transplant specialists at Children's Colorado understand that families dealing with chronic childhood diseases can be overwhelmed by emotion and information. That’s why the Transplant Program at Children’s Colorado offers a unique multidisciplinary team for each child. Transplant care includes:

  • Our transplant teams have access to every medical and surgical specialty in the hospital for consultations.
  • In addition to our skilled pediatric transplant surgeons, our transplant teams include anesthesiologists, social workers, nutritionists and nurses, all trained in care and management of kids.
  • Transplant coordinators are on hand to connect kids and families with their care teams, and to provide education and resources to families before, during and after surgery.
  • Children's Colorado offers the only pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program in Colorado certified by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).
  • Our Heart Institute is one of the leaders in heart transplantation for babies, kids and teens, with survival rates among the highest in the nation.
  • Our Kidney Transplant Program has performed 212 kidney transplants since 1988, with short- and long-term outcomes above the national average.
  • The Liver Transplant Program is the only program offering complete pediatric multi-specialty liver transplant services in the Rocky Mountain region.

Children's Colorado in the news

The Denver Post

Facing Inevitable Liver Transplant, Young Girl Didn't Need to Look Far for a Living Donor

May 1, 2017

Peri Erickson, 3, underwent a liver transplant in which her mother, Claire, was the living donor. This is the second pediatric live-donor transplant this year performed through Children's Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital. Michael Wachs, MD, surgical director of abdominal transplantation, and Shikha Sundaram, MD, medical director of the Pediatric Transplant Program, are quoted.


Mother Gives Daughter "Life Again" After Liver Transplant

April 19, 2017

Claire Erickson donated 20 percent of her liver to help her daughter, Peri, 3, who was born with a rare disease. Michael Wachs, MD, chief of abdominal transplant surgery, performed the transplant on Peri and is interviewed.